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The convention produced a GOP ticket that lacks mainstream leadership.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
When he dropped his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination late last year, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said the GOP “has to decide what it wants to be.”
“Are we going to be a party that engages in a great ideological debate, or are we going to be a party that’s more focused on winning elections, earning the right to lead and leading responsibly?” Bolling asked.
Virginia Republicans answered that question at their state convention Saturday by nominating a dogmatic ticket that is full of tea party bombast, but almost empty of ideas for responsible leadership to move the state forward. Instead of making an effort to attract mainstream voters, party activists decided that extremism in statewide elections is no vice.
The ticket is led by tea party darling Ken Cuccinelli, the candidate for governor. As attorney general, Cuccinelli has used his office to wage war against environmental regulators, bully a former University of Virginia climate scientist and fight a losing battle over the federal health care law. His confrontational style endears him to the conservative firebrands who dominate closed conventions. That’s why Bolling bowed out of the race after Cuccinelli forces gained control of the party’s governing body and scrapped plans for an open primary election.
The man running to succeed Cuccinelli is a philosophical twin, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg. Obenshain voted against this year’s bipartisan transportation funding plan, the signature legislative achievement of outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Cuccinelli and Obenshain are doctrinaire conservatives. But they will come across as mainstream compared to their party’s surprise nominee for lieutenant governor. Bishop E.W. Jackson emerged from the chaotic convention as the GOP’s first black candidate for statewide office in 25 years. But if Jackson strikes a blow for diversity, he undermines it with outrageous rants that raise questions about his fitness for office. He has shown stunning intolerance of gays and lesbians, denouncing homosexuals as “very sick people.” He has proclaimed that Planned Parenthood “has been more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was,” and has called Democrats “anti-God.”
Virginia holds separate elections for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, so Cuccinelli and Obenshain probably will try to distance themselves from Jackson after their post-convention plane tour of the state. Just as McDonnell and Bolling distanced themselves from the convention that nominated this trio.
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